November 20 – December 6, 2015 Miraculous Journey

Woke up:                     La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Went to sleep:            La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Miraculous Journey

Peter and I travelled to Oregon for Thanksgiving.  Throughout our journey we utilized every conceivable form of transportation except a covered wagon.  We left Marina de La Paz in a taxi and returned to Penelope 2-1/2 weeks later in a dinghy.

The miracle of the trip is I visited three cities, slept in six different homes and didn’t lose, forget, misplace or damage any of my belongings, or myself.  Plus, I arrived via plane, train and public transportation exactly where I was scheduled to be, on time.

I saw almost all my favorite people and continue to feel profound gratitude for the many blessings of my life.


Arriving back in Mexico is truly bitter sweet.  I miss everyone but it’s warm.  Eighty two degrees, mostly sunny, sixty nine percent humidity with a gentle breeze from the north.

Peter devoured all our food stores during the week he was home alone.  The night I returned he prepared what was left for our dinner – sardine tacos, beans and rice. The next morning I quickly scampered to The Mega.  I spent $1500 pesos ($96) to completely restore the cupboards to their typical spilling over status.  This included not one, not two, not three, not four but five 6-packs of Pacifico. Afterall, we’re headed out to the islands for a week.

Too Much Stuff

Speaking of spilling over, it is increasingly clear to me, many Americans have too much stuff.

I know this from first hand observation.  While staying with friends, I sometimes tried to be helpful by emptying the dishwasher.  I found most people have more pots, pans, cups, glasses, appliances and kitchen gadgets than the room can safely hold.  Often the doors and drawers won’t close and items fall from the cupboards onto the counters, floors and even into the adjoining room.  But, perhaps I’m too harsh. How do I know Alex isn’t expecting 33 people for coffee?

Penelope is anchored outside Marina de La Paz, therefore, we are too.  The winds are light so the water is flat and movement of the boat is minimal.  It’s a five minute dinghy ride to the docks.  We pay $45 pesos ($3) to come and go throughout the day and take showers.  Within the area of the parking lot is a small tienda, a marine chandlery, a dive shop, daily stretch class, our immigration agent, a huge book exchange, DVD rentals, a laundromat, restaurant with WiFi, banos and super clean showers.

Weather permitting we’ll leave in the morning to spend a few days at Ensenada Grande on Isle Partida.  We should be able to sail most of the way but during the time we need to run the engine we will make water and top off the battery bank.  Ensenada Grande offers great hiking.  I’ll teach yoga on the beach to whomever happens to be there.  Peter is promising fish tacos and I’ve agreed to play Bocce ball on the beach.  Not a bad way to fill a few days while we wait for Salvador to finalize our temporary resident visas.


About Susan M. Gierga

Everyone already knows everything there is to know about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. To learn current details. Visit my blog, CruisingwithCaptainPeterandtheAdmiral.
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3 Responses to November 20 – December 6, 2015 Miraculous Journey

  1. Carole McAlpine says:

    So glad to hear from you and know you enjoyed thanksgiving. I agree most of us have too much stuff, when setting up our condo we bought sets of just 4 mugs, plates etc. this is good for tidy cupboards but means you have to do more washing up throughout the day!! Good to see you will be back teaching yoga, we miss our classes with you but are continuing at home so staying stretched out. Looking forward to your next post!


  2. Sue Baker says:

    Love your updates Susan. Peter and I go back as far as kindergarten and it’s fun to read about old friends truly finding their bliss.
    As far as people having too much stuff, couldn’t agree more. The older I get the more I want to minimize and find myself emptying closets, drawers, cupboards, nooks and crannies. Regular trips to Goodwill are helping.
    Keep the stories coming. I love living vicariously through you two!


  3. Jackie Varon says:

    Thank you very much for sharing your adventures. So happy to hear you spent time with friends and people you love. I am keeping up with my yoga at a Wellness center here in Vegas, not as good as your class, at least I’m doing yoga. Hope to see you in Chula Vista next summer.


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